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Tribe stumbles against Astoria, fights for berth

Indians lose two to Fishermen, but then Banks on Wednesday


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Anthony Bernal takes a swing during the Tribe's game with Astoria last week.The Scappoose High baseball team’s playoff hopes diminished a bit with two losses to Astoria over the past week.

The Indians dropped into fourth in the league race with the losses, and are two games out of third place. League champions, second and third place, plus any other of the top 24 teams in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings make at least the play-in round of post season play.

In their game at Scappoose last Friday, the Tribe held the Fishermen to just two runs, but couldn’t manage any of their own.

Will Sprute went the distance on the mound for Scappoose, limiting Astoria to just four hits, two walks, while striking out six.

The Indians could come up with just three hits in the contest, and only got one runner past second base.

It looked good for Scappoose at the outset when Sam Margheim led off for Scappoose with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. That was as close as Scappoose got.

Astoria got one run off a single, an errant throw into center, and another single. They added an insurance run in the sixth off a walk, and two singles.

The meeting of the two teams on Monday in Astoria was more of a slugfest. The Fishermen pounced on Scappoose in the bottom of the first with eight runs. An error, two singles, a three-run homer, a walk, another homer, a walk, a single and an error added up to the eight.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Will Sprute pitched well against Astoria Friday and in a win against Banks on Wednesday.

The Tribe didn’t sulk, they answered in the top of the second with seven straight runs. Anthony Bernal walked, Sprute singled, Steven Johnson doubled to score one, Sam Padgett singled to score one, Robby Backus singled to score another, and after two outs, Hunter Hoyt singled to score two more. Kyle Durvin then walked and went home on a single by Bernal.

Astoria added two more runs in the second for a 10-7 lead and then two more in the third.

Scappoose attempted a comeback. Justin Hering pinched with a single, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on an error for one run.

In the seventh, Scappoose got two more. Wyatt Patton was hit by a pitch, and Johnson followed after an out with a two-run homer. That got the Indians to 10 runs but it wasn’t enough in the 13-10 loss.

The Indians had gotten back in the Cowapa League race with two wins over Seaside last week. They lost two to Tillamook earlier.

Scappoose hosted Banks on Wednesday this week, and travelled to Yamhill-Carlton on Friday. They host Tillamook May 6, go to Seaside May 8, and finish league play hosting Astoria on May 10.

Scappoose 6, Banks 3

The Tribe upped their chances of making the play-in round with a 6-3 win over Banks on Wednesday night.

Will Sprute went the distance on the mound, holding Banks at bay.

The Indians came up with a big third inning, scoring four runs and taking a 6-1 lead at the time.

The win moved Scappoose up to 24th in the rankings. It’s the last spot to make the play-in round of post season play.